New Scientist is reporting that NEC and NAIST have developed software that enables ordinary camera phones to take full-page document scans, and convert those scans into text, via optical character recognition (OCR).
WAY cool. It apparently has publishers in a tizzy, but this could be huge for researchers (and spies, I suppose). Imagine being able to email yourself full-text documents while doing archival work, or fieldwork generally.
To tell the truth though, I'd be happy with affordable, accurate, and high-speed digitizer and OCR technology. It might have helped me work through the thousands of pages of archival materials I brought back from my fieldwork.